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The Pentagon made Trump's military parade more about history, less about weapons

The Pentagon on Friday revealed plans for the Veterans Day military parade President Trump has requested. The proposal includes planes and veterans in "period uniforms" representing past conflicts, but they will march alongside "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks" to "minimize damage to local infrastructure."

Trump's initial vision for the event included more hardware and weaponry and less emphasis on history "from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today," as the Pentagon's memo describes. The president was inspired by a Bastille Day parade in Paris last summer, and he told the Defense Department to "top" the French display.

Read The Week's Gracy Olmstead, a military wife, on why so many military families oppose the parade idea.